Wireless charging isn't new but Apple's iPhone X, iPhone 8 and Apple Watch mean the Cupertino electronics company has pushed this technology further into the mainstream. I've been spending some of my summer break looking at three wireless charging solutions from Dog and Bone, Belkin and local accessories company Laser.
Laser Charging Station
This station has found a spot on my desk as it can wirelessly charge one device while cradling another four that can charge from the four USB ports that are found down the right side of the device.
I had no trouble charging an iPhone X on the Laser station and also hooked up two iPads, a Kindle and an iPhone 6 at the same time. All the device charged up and I wasn't left with a bird's nest of cables. I did invest in some shorter, 15cm Lightning cables so I could reduce the desktop clutter.
Having the four USB ports mean I could use the Laser station for charging headphones, my wife's running watch and other devices easily.
The downside - the 19mm gap between the small walls that let each of the charging devices stand is a little snug. For example, while the Kindle (on older model) fitted it was very tight. And having all the USB ports down one side makes cable management a little challenging unless all your charging cables are short.
The Laser Charging Station retails for $89.95.
Belkin Boost Up Charging Pad
Belkin's entry into this mini-roundup is the most attractive and a device I'd be happy too have on my bedside table as well as my desk. It looks like a fancy coaster, with its elegant, round profile.
I charged an iPhone X and an iPhone 8 on the Boost Up without any problems. It connected to mains power using a slim charger that didn't impinge access to other outlets on a regular power outlet.
If you're looking for a wireless charger that looks great then this was the pick of the three charging solutions I tried.
The Belkin Boost Up Charging Pad retails for $99.95.
Dog and Bone Backbone Wireless Charging Pad
As the budget entry in this field, the Backbone connects to your computer or a charger via USB making it a great portable solution if you're committed to using a wireless charging solution. It worked perfectly with an iPhone X and an iPhone 8.
While it's quite a boring looking device, the Backbone ticks all the boxes if you're looking for a tidy wireless charging solution. It's small, won't suck up a power outlet and passes the "just works" test.
The Dog and Bone Backbone Wireless Charging Pad retails for $99.95.